Abuse Determined to be Cause of Autistic Student’s Broken Legs
About the Child’s Injuries
According to the Star Tribune, a teenage boy with autism had his legs broken after being physically restrained by a teaching assistant. The incident happened in November 2014.
Investigations of the accident by Louisville Police and state child protection officials had been inconclusive over whether abuse had actually occurred. However, news outlets report that on Monday, members of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel announced physical abuse is the only viable explanation.
Witnesses of the accident said that Brennan Long was being disruptive before the teaching assistant brought him to the ground. The Jefferson County school district paid Long’s family $1.75 million earlier this year to resolve the case.
Statistics on Abuse of Children with Disabilities
The following information was provided by Disability Justice:
- Children with disabilities are more likely to be abused than children without disabilities, and often endure abuse for longer periods of time.
- People with limited communication abilities and/or cognitive disabilities often find it difficult to report abuse effectively.
- Many people with disabilities are afraid that they will not be believed when they do report abuse.
- Many people with disabilities have been verbally abused, resulting in low self-esteem and, in some cases, a belief that the abuse is somehow deserved.
- It is easier to abuse or exploit someone if you inherently believe that people with disabilities are less human, less valuable or don’t contribute to society.